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Chang Weiping – a lawyer for the weak

Fought for the disadvantaged, was tortured, now probably has to go to prison: attorney Chang Weiping.

Chang Weiping 常玮平 has stood up against discrimination of people with HIV and sexual minorities. State power responded by preventing him from practicing, torturing him – and holding a mock trial behind closed doors. In his last video shortly before his arrest, Chang already seemed to sense his fate. “If I lose my freedom again, first of all, I want to make it clear that I will not commit suicide, nor will I do any physical harm to myself,” the Chinese man says in a mundane voice into his smartphone camera. Less than a week later, on October 22, 2020, Chang was taken away by the security police.

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